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City seeking alternate designs for former MLK pharmacy site
After tearing down a historic building deemed structurally unsound, city officials are trying to figure out what to build in its place.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Centerville sets new rules for comments at council meetings
The City Council approved this week a policy governing public and council comments during their official meetings.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry candidates hope to help city prosper
The candidates for the Perry City Council’s District 2, Post 1 seat are closer than many political rivals: They’re next-door neighbors.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Toccoa police 'fixture' to be remembered
A career Toccoa police officer, who served as interim police chief numerous times over the years, will be remembered in funeral services Thursday.
Source: Access North Georgia

Oakhurst streetscapes project set to commence
Decatur’s commission established a project budget of $2,050,000 for streetscapes improvements to the Oakhurst business district, initially planned back in 2007.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur Terrace petitions city for annexation
The Decatur Terrace neighborhood delivered a petition to Decatur commissioners Monday asking for inclusion onto the city’s annexation map, while also filing a petition with Avondale Estates asking for removal from its map.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale board officially accepts mayor’s resignation
Avondale Estates’ Board of Mayor and Commissioners unanimously approved Mayor Ed Rieker’s resignation Monday night with a 4-0 vote.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

West Point starts curbside recycling
The city of West Point is beginning its start-up process of its newly implemented curbside recycling program under a private solid waste contractor.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Demorest holds the line on millage
The Demorest City Council will not raise taxes in the coming year.
Source: Access North Georgia

Twist in annexation issue
With the continued cycle of requests to annex property into Dawsonville and Dawson County's objections to such moves, one city council member's seat may hinge on the issue.
Source: Dawson Community News

Gainesville City Council gives final OK to craft brewery
Gainesville City Council gave the final go-ahead Tuesday night for Left Nut Brewing Co. to launch in the midtown area.
Source: Gainesville Times

Ga. cities group honors late Funston mayor
Former Funston Mayor E.S. “Dick” Chambers received the Lifetime Service Award from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in recognition of his nearly 50 years of service to the city.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Mayor proclaims Bainbridge a Purple Heart City
City of Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds proclaimed the city a “Purple Heart City” and presented local Purple Hearts recipients, living and deceased, with keys to the city Tuesday evening at the City Council meeting.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Council votes to limit public speech
The City of Americus passes a motion to limit public speech at city meetings to agenda items by a 3-2 vote
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Riverdale councilman encourages community to donate to local after-school program
A city council member challenged the community Monday to donate money to Church Street Elementary School’s after-school program.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Ringgold plans repairs to water plant, exploring chemical changes
The city of Ringgold plans to make major improvements to its water treatment plant by repairing its old clear well tank, while also looking into making a switch to liquid chemicals in lieu of the powder ones it has used for years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Trail plan would link Rome's four colleges
Connectivity to all four local colleges is a highlight of an updated bike and pedestrian transportation plan presented to Rome and Floyd County residents Tuesday night.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Water, sewer could get more costly in Richmond Hill
More than 4,800 water and sewer customers in Richmond Hill will see their bills go up again in January if the city follows through on measures aimed at helping pay for a new $24 million wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Bryan County News

Mayor vetoes hiring of consultant
Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins has used his veto power to overturn, at least for the moment, the City Council’s unanimous decision to rehire the city’s former parks and recreation director as a consultant for ongoing projects.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Construction on Highway 92 project begins
Construction on the Highway 92 relocation project in Douglasville that is expected to last four years is finally underway.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Uptown renewal obviously has not gone unnoticed
Remember how excitingly vibrant and alive downtown Columbus was 15 or 20 years ago? Oh, wait … that's right. It wasn't.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Lovejoy moves forward with comprehensive plans, updates
Council voted unanimously Monday to extend Lovejoy’s Service Delivery Strategy contract with Clayton County.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City Council purchases a 60-acre tract for $3.5 M
Residents can expect a new recreational park in the city of Holly Springs’ future.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Tech students to survey Kingston's historic buildings
A group of Georgia Institute of Technology students will gather in Kingston Saturday morning to walk though the town, examine its historic structures and talk to residents about the town’s history.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee mayor, council 'confused' over Cowan Park progress
Euharlee’s City Council met in work session Tuesday night to be briefed on the work on the baseball fields at Joe Cowan Park.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Covington Place goes 1 way on Oct. 31
Covington Place will be one way only for automotive traffic on Halloween night, thanks to a compromise between the neighborhood and Covington public safety officials.
Source: Covington News

McDonough approves its SPLOST IV bonded list
The McDonough City Council approved its final SPLOST IV bonded project list Monday night, which includes approximately 40 percent of the total project list.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Tybee to consider ban on plastic bags
Ashley Workman is not a fan of the plastic bag, those flimsy staples of the modern checkout counter. That’s because the Tybee resident, whose passion is surfing, often sees bags where they don’t belong.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Waleska City Council discusses water backflow prevention
At Monday’s City Council meeting, city officials discussed implications of water backflow and strategies for prevention in the Waleska system, a project that could prove costly for the city.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Questionnaire gives insight on new Savannah-Chatham chief's plans
Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. provided some insight into his plans for when he takes over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham police department next month in a questionnaire the retiring Athens-Clarke County police chief had to fill out as an applicant for the position.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee beach renourishment kicks off
With a backdrop of dredging equipment, officials including Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman, Corps Savannah District Commander Col. Thomas Tickner, state Sen. Buddy Carter, State Rep. Ben Watson and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston kicked off Tybee’s latest beach renourishment project on Tuesday with a “sand throwing ceremony” near 4th Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

McDonough moves forward with costly study
McDonough council members unanimously agreed to fund a study that could cost up to $8,000 per year for a post-employee benefit no one uses.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

City commission approves change to 911 center agreement
The Cedartown City Commission is moving forward with Polk County to put the new 911 center into Polk Medical Center once the hospital moves.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

‘Walking Dead’ fence has to come down
The chain-link fence that has provided secure parking and storage for equipment used in the filming of “The Walking Dead” in downtown Senoia will have to come down.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Downtown Macon business owners, residents discuss community watch program
Residents and business owners met Tuesday at the NewTown Macon office with the idea of establishing a community watch program for downtown.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners send pension, insurance changes back to committee
Facing a chamber full of glowering employees and retirees, Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to send proposed changes to retiree health insurance back to committee for more debate.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Watkins wants $10 million bond to fight blight
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Virgil Watkins wants to put millions in public dollars toward tearing down abandoned houses over the next two years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tunnel Hill, Whitfield voters asked to approve expanded alcohol sales
Andy Patel has seen the customers come in and leave empty-handed. They walk in on Sunday to Andy’s Corner, his convenience store in Tunnel Hill, planning to buy beer or wine. But when Patel tells them he can’t sell them alcohol on Sunday they walk out.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Commission delays decision on animal ordinance package
Competitive-dog owners on Tuesday persuaded the Augusta Commission to postpone passing a sweeping ordinance package that includes a spay-and-neuter law, fearing it would be too restrictive on performance and breeding animals.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Draft budget includes stormwater, franchise fee revenue
Some outside agencies were denied new funds, while most city departments are required to maintain 2014 budget levels in the draft 2015 budget prepared by interim Augusta Administrator Tameka Allen.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commission to consider parking permit program near UGA medical campus, elsewhere in county
All or part of three streets in the vicinity of the University of Georgia’s Health Sciences Campus at Prince and Oglethorpe avenues could be added to the list of Athens neighborhood streets where parking is restricted to residents and their guests between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville clears way for brewery in 4 to 2 vote
Gainesville City Council has given final approval for the city's first craft brewery.
Source: Access North Georgia

Volunteers target litter in Jackson
More than two dozen volunteers worked Saturday morning to pick up trash along 15 City of Jackson streets.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Atlanta goes 1 for 2 in tax settlements
Atlanta won one and lost one this week when it comes to tax cases against neighboring municipalities.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Sandy Springs fire chief to take office today with formal ceremony
Bagpipers and fire department brass will gather at Sandy Springs City Hall today, Oct. 21, for the official changing of fire chiefs.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Dunwoody debates matching funds, adopts care homes definition
City officials are debating whether to spend $10,000 to match funds from the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce to connect the businesses interested in helping the city.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Ringgold awards bid for Nashville Street sidewalk project, discusses Boynton Drive
The city of Ringgold awarded the bid for one of its downtown enhancement projects during its regular city council meeting Monday night, Oct. 13, which means that a new sidewalk along the south side of Nashville Street downtown is now imminent.
Source: Catoosa County News

Meet Derek Roger, candidate for Fort Oglethorpe city council, Ward 4
The city of Fort Oglethorpe will hold an election for the Ward 4 seat on the city council.
Source: Catoosa County News

Dixville residents discuss ideas for improvement
If Brunswick’s Dixville community wants to see improvements now or in the future, it will have to come together, a veteran of the city police department told a roomful of residents Monday.
Source: Brunswick News

Grayson creates community development director position
Grayson approved the creation of a community development director position Monday night as an “outreach” person to work with the media and take over the management of a number of activities in the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City to review Nichols status
The Valdosta City Council will determine the historic status of the Nichols House Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Norman Park police get $10,000 grant
Norman Park Police Department announced Monday that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS).
Source: Moultrie Observer

Albany Police Department plans to increase foot patrols downtown
Albany Assistant Police Chief Mark Scott said Monday the department intends to increase its visibility and presence downtown.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany utilities officials ready to move on rural technology plan
Interim City Manager Tom Berry gave the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission board an overview of a proposed agreement through which the Albany utility authority would take on operation and management of mobile and fixed wireless broadband services in rural Baker, Calhoun, Early, Miller and Mitchell counties.
Source: Albany Herald

Oakwood gives final OK to 50 percent tax hike
Oakwood City Council gave its final OK Monday to increasing the South Hall city’s property tax rate by about 50 percent.
Source: Gainesville Times

Cowan named next Dalton city judge
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 Monday to name Dalton attorney Robert Cowan the next Municipal Court judge.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton Utilities eyes first rate increases in several years
Some Dalton Utilities customers could see their rates climb under a proposed 2015 budget that was presented to the utility’s board Monday.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Macon economic development group wins international award
The Macon Economic Development Commission was recognized Monday with a gold award in the “new media” category during the 2014 International Economic Development Council annual conference in Fort Worth, Texas.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Springfield will pay $17,000 to tear down house
Springfield’s City Council members have agreed to pay $17,400 to tear down a burned house they purchased at 505 N. Oak Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bibb officials plan for Ebola, just in case
If a case of Ebola is diagnosed in Bibb County, local officials say they’re ready.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mayor: Warner Robins government is divided on Russell Parkway restrictions
Development restrictions along Russell Parkway will be on hold for at least two weeks, until a divided City Council can discuss the proposal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange PD unveils partnership with website
LaGrange Police announced last week a partnership with the website, the free and private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Augusta Commission to review deal with Sentinel probation company
The Augusta Commission is to vote Tuesday on extending a contract with the private probation company that is ground zero for a legal battle over private, for-profit probation companies.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Interim administrator to present balanced budget proposal
A big test of interim City Administrator Tameka Allen’s tenure culminates Tuesday in her presentation of a 2015 city budget proposal.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta City Council seeking advice on Bellwood Quarry
The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously Monday to create a 16-member advisory committee to make recommendations on the redevelopment of Bellwood Quarry, a 45-acre site in northwest Atlanta bought by the city in 2006.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Hinesville mayor speaks at RH Rotary
In an effort to drum up support for Fort Stewart, which is facing threats in the form of sequestration and BRAC, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas spoke to the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Thursday at the City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Source: Bryan County News

Madison City Council approves North Main Car Lot Appeal
The Madison City Council approved a zoning text amendment to allow a used car lot within city limits, two zoning applications for two new duplex units, and reversed a dangerous dog designation at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 13.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Building owner fights for business sign
The large sign hung on the back of Doughboy Pizza at the 128 N. Wayne St. building can't stay.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Canton Police Chief Merchant resigns, hopes to retire in Jan.
After two and half years heading up the Canton Police Department, Chief Robert Merchant has resigned. His plan is to retire in January after about 40 years in the law enforcement field.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Conyers City Council approves contract for ice skating rink to return to Olde Town Pavilion
A popular annual holiday tradition will resurface in November when the ice skating rink returns to the Conyers Olde Town Pavilion
Source: Newton Citizen

Smyrna City Council set to vote on new vehicles
The City Council is set to vote next week to purchase four new cars for its police department.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Ringgold mayor fights to keep ginkgo trees in new streetscape plan
Ringgold’s mayor and city council will try to determine the fate of two ginkgo trees that were accidentally scheduled for demolition as part of the city’s downtown streetscaping plan, which is currently underway.
Source: Catoosa County News

Waleska residents to vote on Sunday alcohol sales
Residents in the county’s smallest city have the opportunity to vote Nov. 4, to decide whether Waleska will allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays for the first time in the city’s history.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Peachtree Corners town hall meeting focused on community improvements
More than 100 Peachtree Corners residents were in attendance for an Oct. 7 town hall event to discuss improvements for the Winter Chapel Road area, plans for the Holcomb Bridge Corridor and other city news.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Canton Councilman Rust requests delaying enforcement of political sign rule
Candidates who may have campaign signs in violation of the city’s sign ordinance will not be reprimanded during this election cycle.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Officials looking for ways to diversify local law enforcement
Columbus is now a majority minority city, with non-white residents accounting for more than 50 percent of the population. But the city's two largest law enforcement agencies remain predominantly white.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Canton City Council Ward 3 hopefuls voice stances
Two candidates are vying for the seat left open on the Canton City Council when Ward 3 representative Glen Cummins resigned to become city manager in July.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Statham to switch phone providers to improve their call-in system
Getting in touch with the City of Statham will soon be a lot easier.
Source: Barrow County News

With grant funds denied, St. Marys and developer may fund plans for Gilman boathouse property
After failing to win a state tourism grant, city officials hope they have pieced together a plan to pay for concept renderings for a hotel they would like to see built on the downtown waterfront.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites
The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.
Source: Gainesville Times

Brookhaven Having Trouble Getting Respect from USPS
Brookhaven has been a city for almost two years now, but the U.S. Postal Service has been a little slow to catch on.
Source: WABE

Annexation is now official
The Chattahoochee Hills City Council on Oct. 7 agreed with the Coweta County Commission to have 179 acres off Shell Road annexed into the city.
Source: Fayette Citizen

City moves forward on stormwater plan
The city of Senoia, under federal requirement, will continue to implement a management plan dedicated to controlling storm water.
Source: Fayette Citizen

McCollom is now officially top cop
Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Peachtree City Council announced that interim Police Chief Will McCollom has been appointed to fill the position on a permanent basis.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Tybee Island gets 'back to normal' with Community Day
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at Memorial Park on Tybee Island for the third annual Tybee Community Day.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SEDA to promote Savannah to film industry
With consistent efforts to address infrastructure and labor issues, the film, television and commercial production industry represents one of Savannah’s greatest opportunities to further diversify and expand its economy, according to a study conducted three years ago for the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Priorities for new Savannah-Chatham police chief
Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin will take over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Nov. 9. What does that jurisdiction look like? There’s obviously the Historic District, often teeming with tourists and routinely home to special events.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins reconsiders Russell Parkway restrictions
A couple years after Warner Robins rolled back restrictions it said were stifling growth on a stretch of Russell Parkway, nearly similar restrictions are again being brought back to the table.
Source: Macon Telegraph

DASH project breaks ground in West Point
DASH for LaGrange’s expansion into West Point will provide the city with much needed affordable housing, upon the completion of its Forest Mill Apartments project next year.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Dalton needs a vision
Miller Jones and Dennis Mock have squared off in three different forums so far in their quest to be Dalton’s next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Savannah's crime battle comes with costs
As a culture of violence and distrust of law enforcement spurs more shootings and other crimes, the city of Savannah is betting on new crime-fighting tools and added manpower to address the trend.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Grants provide bullet-proof vests, cameras for Danielsville Police
The Georgia Municipal Association has awarded the city of Danielsville a Safety Grant check for $1,399 for the purchase of bulletproof vests and a Liability Reduction Grant check in the amount of $4,253 for the purchase of an in-car video camera and portable radios.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Thomaston accepts Hugo Starling Drive into city
The City of Thomaston has a new piece of property. The Thomaston City Council approved accepting Hugo Starling Drive into the city at their council meeting on Oct. 7.
Source: Thomaston Times

Flowery Branch City Council approves annexation/rezoning requests
The Flowery Branch City Council approved the annexing and rezoning of 142 acres of land to build office parks.
Source: Access North Georgia

Milton: Relatively new city has centuries of history
In an area known for a high population of newcomers, Travis Allen stands out. He’s not only a native of Milton; he’s lived most of his life in the vicinity of the North Fulton town. As such, he’s seen the area transform from a rural village to the suburb of a major metropolis, and as it’s grown, he’s kept an eye on its history.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Morrow begins healing after move to fire city manager
Former City Manager Ron Few left the council room Tuesday amid as much controversy and shock as when he was hired in January.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Five Acworth railroad crossings may see $2.2M
Pending approval by the Acworth Board of Aldermen tonight, the city will use $2.2 million from federal funding and SPLOST money to improve five railroad crossings.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

More officials weigh in on incorporation proposal
Proponents of incorporating St. Simons Island will have their work cut out for them if they plan to proceed with the idea, state and county officials say.
Source: Brunswick News

City comes to veteran safety aid
The City of Milledgeville approved a resolution Tuesday for an agreement with the State Properties Commission (SPC) to access Central State Hospital (CSH) property to improve pedestrian accessibility along the Vinson Highway frontage for Georgia War Veterans Home (GWVH) residents.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Google names Suwanee Georgia's top eCity
A Gwinnett County city has been honored by Internet giant Google as one of the country’s digital capitals.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Recreation authority panel battles over funding question
Floyd County Commissioner Garry Fricks said Thursday he’s unsure if he would vote for a tax hike to fund recreation projects, although he asked Rome leaders if they would offer moral support if the county enacts a millage rate increase.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation
The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.
Source: Gainesville Times

Kennesaw City Council to hear from residents Monday
The Kennesaw City Council will hold its first public hearing about the creation of a stormwater utility — and its associated fee — at its meeting on Monday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City gives clearance for fed building remodel
After going back and forth over the project for more than two years, the city of Brunswick Wednesday entered into an easement agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration that will allow the federal agency to remodel the Frank M. Scarlett federal building downtown.
Source: Brunswick News

DeKalb cities consider annexation
While some DeKalb County areas are working to become a new cities, some cities are looking to expand.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Work planned on St. Marys gateway property
Work on a two-acre tract of city owned land known as the St. Marys Intracoastal Gateway could begin as early as next summer.
Source: Brunswick News

Local government meets on land bank authority
The City of Americus and Sumter County governments met earlier this week with a representative from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the Unversity of Georgia to discuss the findings of the organization’s research into the city.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Developer, ADICA to meet on Albany Heights residential proposal
With rumors swirling that a well-known local businessman is interested in purchasing the city-owned Albany Heights building on Pine Avenue in an effort to bring residents to the inner city, the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority decided Wednesday to look closer at a development proposal submitted by Anthony King.
Source: Albany Herald

City adopts Buford Highway Improvement Plan and Economic Development Strategy
By unanimous decision, the Brookhaven City Council voted Tuesday to adopt the city’s Buford Highway Improvement Plan and Economic Development Strategy.
Source: Brookhaven Post

$20 million student housing plan at risk due to high water hookup fees
A $20-million student housing development deal may hinge on the outcome of a looming vote by the Dahlonega City Council.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

McCulloughs are Gold Rush king and queen
Dahlonega Jaycees chose Mayor Gary McCullough and his wife, Charlotte, as this year’s Gold Rush Days King and Queen. The couple’s “service to the community” made them the runaway choice, said Jaycees President Dathan Harbert.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Habersham County SPLOST revenue tracked closely
If Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax VI is approved by Habersham County voters on Election Day, Nov. 4, some infrastructure projects may move forward, while other projects may see several years go by before construction begins.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Cleveland to vote on sign ordinance Oct. 20
The Cleveland City Council has scheduled a called meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, to consider adopting the new sign ordinance.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Planning under way for Cleveland dog park
The owner of Mt. Yonah Animal Hospital, Dr. Rachel Eddleman, D.V.M., has set aside about a quarter-acre of her business property for the park, and the city gave permission to create an access driveway off Head Street, on the eastern edge of the tract.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Authority offers Clayton $600,000 to buyout lease
The Clayton-Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority is offering Clayton $500,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds to buy the city out of its lease on the North Loop water line.
Source: Clayton Tribune

Savannah City Council approves officer body cameras
Savannah-Chatham police officers will soon have a third eye watching over them and the public they interact with.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Serves touted as downtown 'game changer'
The Savannah Serves mission, set out by city and community leaders, is to promote a clean and safe downtown as well as enhance the experience for residents, businesses and visitors.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb seeks new operator for Downtown Airport
The Macon Downtown Airport is looking for a new fixed-base operator, someone to handle essential functions such as selling fuel and maybe repairing aircraft.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry ponders small upgrades to improve city
Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard is one of Perry’s most important gateways, hosting much of its businesses and serving as an entry point between the fairgrounds and downtown. It’s also in some ways a sun-blasted, blighted swath of road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City's marina operator still hasn't vacated premises
The city’s marina operator hasn’t taken any steps to vacate the premises after the Augusta Port Authority filed a notice of intent to evict the company last month for failing to pay months of back rent and water bills, authority members said Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Hall County 911 system upgrade need presented to Gainesville City Council
Members of the Gainesville City Council were told that major components of Hall County’s Emergency 911 system are in the autumn years of life expectancy and need to be replaced sooner, rather than later.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta Civic Center development open for bids
Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, released a long-awaited request for proposal on Thursday to redevelop the aging performance arts center in the Old Fourth Ward area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Waco leases old city hall
The city of Waco approved a lease-term agreement with Strategic Management Consultants, approved a donation to Leadership Haralson and reviewed the minutes from their Sept. 23 called meeting during their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 6.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

County’s planning commission decison still burns city leaders
Director of City Planning, Monica Callahan, appeared before the city council on Friday, Oct. 3 to report on the recent Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ (GDCA) designation for Madison as a PlanFirst community last week.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison council seeks to close loop holes in car law
The Madison City Council discussed revising the Junk Vehicle Ordinance to close existing loopholes and create a smoother appeal process for those challenging junk vehicle citations.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Early voting opens for Fort Oglethorpe council seat
Early voting began Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Fort Oglethorpe for the city council’s Ward 4 seat, and already citizens are hitting the polls to cast their votes.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe becomes Purple Heart city
A proclamation, declaring Fort Oglethorpe a Purple Heart City, was read at the council meeting Oct. 13.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome officials consider raising alcohol license, business license, rental rates
Rome businesses could see an increase in alcohol license rates for 2015 if the City Commission agrees with the Finance Committee’s recommendations.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Columbus Council OKs new Blackmon Road Walmart
Despite neighbors' objections, Columbus Council rezoned land Tuesday for a new Walmart grocery store on Blackmon Road south of the J.R. Allen Parkway.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

'Catalyst' for the city: New business able to serve alcohol at booked functions
The Powder Springs City Council approved a beer-and-wine pouring license for the new Event Station at 4425 Marietta St., which its owners and the mayor said will be a “catalyst” for the city.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Milton launches online interactive budget
The city of Milton launched its "Interactive Fiscal Year 2015 Budget at a Glance" Oct. 9 to give residents important and pertinent financial information quickly and easily.

Roswell’s Brechbill named president of national group
Roswell Community Relations Manager Julie Brechbill has been named president of the City-County Communications and Marketing Association, a national organization dedicated to best practices in local government communications and marketing.

City could have billboard settlement soon
Johns Creek city leaders are inviting residents to attend town hall meetings Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 to discuss a court order opening the way for potential billboards in the city.

Jones, Mock say tourism vital to Dalton’s future
Both Miller Jones and Dennis Mock pledged on Wednesday to continue Dalton’s efforts to grow its tourism industry if they are elected mayor, saying a diverse economic base is vital to the area’s future.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Groundbreaking held for Leroy Johnson Park
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Leroy Johnson Park in Senoia was held Wednesday, with members of Johnson’s family in attendance. Coweta County will be building the new recreation facility on property purchased by the city of Senoia and deeded to the county.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Atlanta PD's new transgender policies offer guidelines to police
The Atlanta Police Department recently joined a small number of law enforcement agencies nationwide when it unveiled procedures outlining how officers should interact with the city's transgender and gender-nonconforming residents.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Could blight-burdened neighborhoods take control of abandoned homes and sell them?
Vine City and English Avenue are a case study in how Atlanta’s vacant properties can decay for years, seemingly bulletproof to code enforcement. Now Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Young Jr., who represents the area, is pushing for a new weapon against blight: conservatorship.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Jackson to represent Savannah in China
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson will be flying overseas next week as a representative of the state and city during an international conference in Shanghai.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hutchinson development spurring Savannah's fire, police station plans
To accommodate the expected residential and commercial influx on Hutchinson Island, the Savannah City Council today will considering leasing 1.1 acres from the Georgia Ports Authority to build a joint fire and police station on the island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

3 Brunswick police dogs getting protective vests from nationwide drive
Three city police dogs will receive ballistic vests to protect them from bullet and stab wounds under a nationwide Groupon drive that raised more than $335,000, Brunswick Police Capt. Kevin Jones said in a release
Source: Florida Times-Union

Limited parking possible after hearing
Parking along Cotton Road may not be completely banned after LaGrange City Council agreed to proceed with the police department’s recommendation to prohibit parking in certain areas on the road.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Peachtree City: Open for annexation business?
Peachtree City for more than a decade has used a two-step annexation policy. But on Oct. 6 the Peachtree City Council agreed that city staff should adjust the process and return with a proposal that would give planning staff additional early input and allow the city to market itself to potential annexation candidates.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City staff seeks direction on annexing 1,450 acres
To address what the geographic boundaries of Peachtree City might look like in 20 years the City Council on Oct. 6 commissioned city staff to formulate a proposal that would guide future annexation efforts.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Road construction will increase as more transportation tax projects begin
Augusta’s lengthy list of roads under construction will get longer when bids are received and reviewed in the next two months for an additional eight projects funded by the 1 percent transportation tax.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Downtown merchants unsure about parking meter plan
Many downtown merchants agree that parking poses a problem for business, but they question whether a Downtown Development Authority plan for parking meters along the Broad Street corridor is the best solution.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Braselton leaders review five year goals
Braselton leaders recently met and went over a list of projects the town is moving toward completing within the next five years.
Source: Jackson County News

Preview of candidates offered at Albany town hall meeting
Prior to the November general election, voters will have an opportunity to hear and meet some of the state and local candidates at a town hall meeting Saturday, according to Albany Mayor Pro Tem, Jon Howard.
Source: Albany Herald